Theology of the Body for Beginners: Revised Edition

Theology of the Body for Beginners: Revised Edition

by Christopher West

Broken families, abortion, AIDS, Internet pornography, sexual abuse scandals, homosexual marriage, our Church and our world are in the midst of a profound sexual crisis. Is there a way out?

For such a time as this have we been given Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Based on the words of Jesus, Saint John Paul II’s famous reflections on the body and sex take us to the root of the modern crisis and chart the path to an authentic sexual liberation. Yet the late Pope’s dense scholarship often intimidates the average person.

In his previous book, Theology of the Body Explained, Christopher West offered a more detailed, six-hundred page commentary on Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Here, he provides a short and popular summary of the Pope’s revolutionary teaching.

  • What is the meaning of life?
  • Why did God create us male and female?
  • Why is there evil in the world and how do we overcome it?
  • How do we attain true happiness on earth?
  • What kind of joys await us in heaven?
  • How can we experience the love we long for in the depth of our hearts?

The first edition of Theology of the Body for Beginners (2004) quickly became an international best-seller. This freshly revised and expanded edition is based on Dr. Michael Waldstein’s much improved translation of Saint John Paul IIís catechesis.

New for this edition:

  • All quotations have been updated with the new translation.
  • Key insights discovered through Dr. Waldstein’s access to the Saint John Paul II archives have been incorporated.
  • The outline of the text has been substantially reorganized to reflect the newly discovered outline of Saint John Paul II’s original manuscript.
  • Saint John Paul II’s “hidden” and previously untranslated addresses are summarized.

Average rating:

(based upon 8 reviews)

Wished I had read this 30 years ago!
Submitted on 09-03-2012

This is an excellent book with good explanations of the Catholic teachings regarding sexuality and our bodies. I strongly recommend this book for teens, college students, engaged couples, and newly weds.

Theology of the Body for Beginners
Submitted on 06-25-2012

Very Informative Book, Nothing to do with Family Planning. This book teaches a person how to love the correct and unselfish way.

Eye-opening and just plain amazing
Submitted on 06-25-2012

This book was absolutely amazing!!! There are just no words to describe the truths that this book contains! I wish the whole world could read this book and find out the true meaning of sexuality because sexual sin and lust has perverted our society oh so much. Once again, this book opened my eyes and transformed my life. I am a changed person.



The beauty of Catholic theology and philosophy is written on every page of this book. The philosophical and Biblical reasonings behind the Catholic views on sexuality are expressed in a way that makes you love God, yourself, and the church all the more! I would highly recommend it to anyone!

Just amazing!
Submitted on 06-25-2012

I have looked for books that explain the theology of the body in more human terms than the original though, pure philosophy of the original JPII teachings. This book does it perfectly. Even though it gives the spiritual catholic dimension a special place, the essence is really easy to grasp in much more human terms. I found it helpful and easy to read.

A Good Beginning: Theology of the Body for Beginners
Submitted on 06-25-2012

Christopher West presents an easy way to grasp this profound topic: The Theology of the Body by Pope John Paul II. In our day, with all the sexual problems we encounter personally, and in the world around us, The Theology of the Body is a beacon of hope for us. We can be the wonderful, besutiful, sexual, chaste beings that God created us to be.

Thorough Yet Accessible
Submitted on 06-25-2012

John Paul’s dense theological tome is a difficult read which Christopher West does a nice job of making more accessible. This work ‘for beginners’ is the gateway which whets the appetite for the deeper, more thorough presentations.
Mr. West’s presentation is organized and entertaining. It is also powerful in its ability to motivate change in your life.

Simple, yet informative
Submitted on 11-05-2011

This book is truly for beginners. If you are new to Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, this is a good book to start with. It is very, very basic, but gets its point across.

I can't put it into words
Submitted on 02-04-2010

This book is an absolute must read for anyone who struggles to understand sexuality and why God created us man and woman. Your jaw will drop more than once as the book unfolds the true meaning of our sexuality.

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